道源圣城Dao Yuan Sheng Cheng
Back in 2005, Chengdu En Wei Group (恩威集团) started the initiative to redevelop the vicinities of He Ming Mountain. Plans of expansion and modernization were conceived to redevelop a total area of about 22 square kilometers and the project was named “Dao Yuan Sheng Cheng” (道源圣城) – meaning the sacred city for the origin of Tao. The mission behind the development was to pay tribute to the Tao’s respect for nature, love for life and the appreciation for harmony. Therefore, the core thinking of the project was to apply a positive philosophy of life that revolved around respect, rejoicing, gratitude and mercy; and to share these attitudes with others. Positioned as a blissful place for practicing the Tao’s way of life, there were altogether three stages of development that combined Chinese traditional civilization, rehabilitation and travel. In May 2008, the first stage of development was completed which included a new main entrance, tourist and information center, Yu Zong Square , Tai Chi Square, He Ming Bridge, Bai Yi Street (百艺街), a vegetarian restaurant as well as a number of temples such as Ling Zu Temple (灵祖殿), Wen Chang Temple, San Guan Temple, Zu Tian Shi Temple and Lao Jun Temple. The architectural style is similar to the buildings of the Han Dynasty in grandiosity with its assortment of details, and is also a great model to demonstrate the fusion of modern and ancient styles. It also houses a number of precious religious artwork such as the landmark of Dao Yuan Sheng Cheng – the Yu Zong stone sculpture that stands 9.9 meters tall, the 8.5 meters bronze sculpture of Tian Shi, the 2.8 meters sculpture of Lao Jun, the 5 meters cloisonné sculpture of Ling Zu as well as the 40 meters wide relief carving depicting the travels of Taoist deities.